JIFSAN Holds "Laboratory Investigation of Foodborne Pathogens" Course

The National Laboratory Training Network (NTLN) in collaboration with JIFSAN’s International Food Safety Training Laboratory held a four-day training entitled “Laboratory Investigation of Foodborne Pathogens” from April 28 to May 1, 2015.

IMG_5456Fifteen participants from across the U.S. traveled to the University of Maryland to take part in this training. Thirteen participants are laboratory analysts from pubic health labs while two are Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellows at the FDA.

The course included in-depth presentations and hands-on laboratory exercises which focused on sample processing and enrichment, Real-Time PCR, toxin testing and identification of the major foodborne pathogens. Participants explored both FDA and USDA testing methods for Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and STEC in a variety of different foods, while foods such as potato salad and rice were examined for Staphylococcus enterotoxin, and Bacillus cereus respectively.

IMG_5459Participants also reviewed method validation versus verification, and the role of the public health laboratory in foodborne illness investigation.

If you are interested in registering for one of JIFSAN's International Food Safety Training Laboratory courses, check out our upcoming classes and follow us on Twitter (@JIFSAN) for updates.